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Poster: ColdRain108 Date: Nov 30, 2011 9:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: When did you know?

200+ shows and it was all over the place. I witnessed throw away first sets followed by mind boggling second sets. I witnessed the first two songs of a show blowing the doors off and then the rest of the show being a complete let down. I saw the break-out of Box of Rain in '86 and it was one of the highest moments of my Dead career and then the second set that followed was about the worst I can remember.

I never left a show early, ever, as I knew one song could turn it all around. I saw great shows at just about any venue and I saw lame shows at just about any venue. Same thing coast to coast and all points in between.

My statistical estimation of my approximate 200 shows is: 50 mind blowing, life changing shows, 100 great Dead shows and 50 lacking shows.

Drugs had nothing to do with it, actually being tripped out and being subjected to a bad show caused me severe anguish...sometimes for days after.

I also noticed that two people standing right next to each other, both high on the same substance, could each have completely different takes on what just happened.

If the sound was bad you were likely in for a long night regardless of the playing.

Finally, what you hear on "tape" is 1/10000000000 of what really happened. I use recordings to verify what I thought happened. I have found that many years later a show I thought was lame when it happened was actually pretty damn good but rarely vis-versa...

This post was modified by Little Sense on 2011-11-30 17:50:43

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Poster: Edsel Date: Dec 1, 2011 8:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: When did you know?

Your screen name is misleading, sounds like a lot of sense to me.